This april 4th, LinuxMint another ubuntu based Distro has released its first KDE version, on march 29th its Gnome version have been released.

I will be installing it and testing, in the next week, also will post here my experiences about that. This is what the site: said about it.

The Ireland-based Linux Mint team yesterday made available the first release candidate of its next version, Linux Mint 2.2 KDE Edition Beta 020. Code-named “Bianca,” it uses the KDE 3.5.6 desktop for the first time, running on a 2.6.17-10 kernel, the team said.

“As this is our first try at a modern KDE desktop, please give us as much feedback as possible on this release,” a spokesperson for the team asked in the release announcement.

The Ubuntu-based distro also offers a pair of GNOME versions: a “full edition,” and a “light edition.” Unlike the GNOME versions, which fit on live/install CDs, the KDE version, at 802 MB size, requires the added space of a DVD optical disc.

The official stable release of Linux Mint 2.2 is due on April 20, the spokesperson added.

This release comes with support for multimedia codecs and encrypted DVDs, and the latest Flash and Java plugins are also installed by default, the spokesperson said. Interestingly, the project’s download site includes the following disclaimer:

The Full Edition of Linux Mint is only made available for countries which legislation doesn't allow software patents to be enforced. It is your responsibility to know your own country's legislation. If you live in a country where the legislation recognizes software patents we ask you not to download the Full Edition and to use the Light Edition instead.

New features, according to the team, include:

* Default email reader is now Kmail/Kontact
* Koffice 1.6.2 replaces OpenOffice as the default office suite
* Default Web browser now is Firefox
* AmaRok upgraded to version 1.4.5

Among other applications, the following are now installed by default: digikam, GIMP, Inkscape, Scribus, K3b, K9copy, Guarddog, Kpowersave, Kpackage, and Knetworkmanager.

Linux Mint is a Ubuntu-based distribution with the goal of providing a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java, and other components. It is compatible with Ubuntu software repositories.

You can download your own copy of Linux Mint 2.2 KDE Edition Beta 020 DVD ISO image (802 MB) from the project’s download site, here.

Screen shots can be viewed here.